Mobile homes in Lake Cushman
Mobile homes in Lake Cushman


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Just 50 minutes from Olympia lies the crown jewel of Hood Canal

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Lake Cushman Experience Recreational or Retirement Bliss

From Washington State’s Capital City, you can hop onto Highway 101 and take the scenic route north along its sparkling shoreline. At Hoodsport, bear left onto Highway 119 and head through the foothills of the majestic Olympic Mountains to arrive at one of the most highly sought-after areas to recreate or retire, the resplendent Lake Cushman. Buy a mobile home in a Lake Cushman subdivision, and live like the locals live: the good life.

Lake Cushman is a 4,014-acre lake that sits just outside the southern entrance of the Olympic National Park at Staircase. It is arguably the absolute best place to buy a mobile home in Mason County, and to buy a mobile home in a Lake Cushman subdivision is even better.

It is mountain-living at its finest, and buyers who can secure a mobile home at Lake Cushman are among the lucky ones, as the area’s two lakes, golf course, parks, and a National Park for a neighbor, make deciding what type of recreation you should fill your day with the question of the hour.

There are 24 subdivisions up at the lake, many of them filled with mobile homes full of part-timers, full-timers, and of course, good-timers. Now that the long-kept secret is out about the magic of the area, the real estate market in this portion of Hood Canal has become smokin’-hot.

Lake Cushman is a reservoir on the North Fork of the Skokomish River and is located upon the ancestral lands of the Skokomish Indian Tribe, “The People of the River.” The area is loosely bounded by Olympic National Park to the north, Hood Canal, a natural fjord of the Puget Sound or the Salish Sea to the east, the quaint town of Hoodsport to the south, and Olympic National Forest to the west. 

If you didn’t bear left on the highway 119 spur and continued along Highway 101, you could encircle the entire Olympic Peninsula, and access towns such as historic Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Sequim, and even a ferry or two that connects to points such as Canada, Whidbey, or the San Juan Island

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Things to Do in Lake Cushman

There are a wide variety of things to do up at lake Cushman and Lake Kokanee. Likely more than you have time for. Here are a few ideas to get you started scratching things off of your Very Best of Lake Cushman Bucket List:

  • Hike Mount Ellinor, a 6.2-mile round-trip hike with a 3,300-foot elevation gain. It’s highest point is 5,944 feet and as the southernmost prominence on the eastern front of the Olympics, it makes it easy to pick it out from the lineup and brag to your friends, “Yeah. I hiked that.”

  • Hike Mount Rose for an even greater challenge. This 6.4-mile round-trip hike gains 3,500 feet in elevation and is an absolute butt-kicker for the uninitiated. (Hikers gain close to 1,200 feet per mile.) What makes this hike great is that it is all primarily south-facing, so it can be accessed much earlier in the year than other nearby hikes.

  • Play a round of disc golf at the Hoodsport Disc Golf Course

  • Play a round of 18-holes at the Lake Cushman Golf Course or utilize the practice facilities at the 270-yard driving range. Be sure to grab a couple of refreshments at the clubhouse afterward, too.

  • Hike the Hoodsport Trail, an easy amble compared to the previously-listed hiking options.

  • Go boating on Lake Cushman 

  • Go kayaking or fishing on Lake Kokanee

  • Visit the ongoing yard sale located in Division 12

  • Ride your bike around the mostly flat Division 16

  • Visit one or all of Lake Cushman subdivision’s private parks

  • Ride ATV’s or practice target shooting in specific areas of the surrounding forest

History of Lake Cushman

History of Lake Cushman

History of Lake Cushman

On March 23, 1926, President Calvin Coolidge pressed a button during a ceremony at the White House. He activated, for the first time, Cushman Dam No. 1, a project that began in 1919. At times, over 500 men worked on the project commissioned by Tacoma Power, a division of Tacoma Public Utilities a municipally-owned entity responsible for powering the metropolis of Tacoma, some 40 miles away. 

The Cushman Project began in response to the economic and housing boom that followed WWI, and Cushman Dam was built under the direction of Ira S. Davisson, commissioner. The hydroelectric power it provides travels on a forty-mile transmission line, which includes an impressive feat of spanning the Tacoma Narrows strait in the Salish Sea, and the suspension spans 6,244 feet of water

The power station is located at Potlatch, right alongside Highway 101, and though motorists may want to slow down to gawk at the historic building, they are forced to anyway if they want to  cross over the short but very narrow bridge that spans the spillway.

The dam itself is essentially a broadening of the North Fork Skokomish River’s cut through a glacial trough that was naturally dammed by a terminal moraine, courtesy of the last ice age during the Vashon stage. The Skokomish River, or “The Skok” (pronounced sk-oh-ck), as locals call it, originates in the snow-capped Olympic Mountains.

The dam design uses a concrete arch and gravity embankment, and over 90,000 cubic yards of concrete were poured during its construction. Cushman Dam No.1 has a top width of eight feet and a base width of 50 feet. It is 275 feet high and 1,111 feet long.

A second smaller dam, Cushman Dam No. 2, was completed by December 1930 and divides Lake Cushman into two separate parts: the “upper lake,” Lake Cushman, and the “lower lake” dubbed Lake Kokanee. 

History of Lake Cushman

Subdivision Creation

Subdivision Creation

Subdivision Creation

The 23 miles of shoreline that surrounds Lake Cushman is sprinkled with dwellings of all types, from cabins to expansive second homes, to RV’s and tiny houses, and of course, is a great place to buy a mobile home in a Lake Cushman subdivision.

There are 24 of them that were platted in the 1960s by property owner, Tacoma Power. The utility company leases the land to homeowners and recreational lot enthusiasts in a 99-year lease. The utility company hasn’t said what will become of the land when the lease is up in 2065. That hasn’t stopped the almost 3,000 property owners in the area who care not about the stipulations of tomorrow and just want to enjoy the area today and live “the good life.”

That being said, you can see why buying a mobile home in a Lake Cushman subdivision is a good idea. It is one of the more modest investments you can make in the subdivisions and on leased land being a tad conservative is likely wise. But for property-seekers who are willing to take the risk, a mobile home in a Lake Cushman subdivision pays off big time.

Subdivision Creation

HOAs and Amenities

HOAs and Amenities

HOAs and Amenities

The subdivisions are governed by the Lake Cushman Maintenance Company (LCMC), the administrator of the area’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions, and are largely tasked with the maintenance and upkeep of the subdivision’s roads, utilities, and amenities. 

There are two private parks on the upper part of Lake Cushman, and one on the lower lake, Lake Kokanee, with numerous boat launches available throughout.

Park amenities include swimming areas, boat launches, docks, grassy knolls, playground equipment, volleyball courts, basketball, badminton, and horseshoe pits. Gazebos are available for first-come-first-served use and can be rented for private events by subdivision residents as well.

The lower Lake Kokanee is stocked year-round and provides excellent fishing and kayaking. A year-round waterfall makes a great destination to paddle toward and especially rages in the spring.

The Lake Cushman subdivision amenities provide private access all along the Lake Cushman reservoir and water sports and fishing (if you have a downrigger because it’s deep) is a popular recreation activity.

Other amenities include an 18-hole golf course operated by LCMC, and also a fire department and medical first-responders that jointly share responsibilities with the nearby town of Hoodsport.

HOAs and Amenities

Why a Mobile Home Makes Sense

Why a Mobile Home Makes Sense

Why a Mobile Home Makes Sense

To buy a mobile home in a Lake Cushman subdivision makes the most sense. Of all of the dwelling types at the lake, this is a great choice for retirees and recreationalists. Here’s why:

  • Mobile homes are the smaller of investments when it comes to properties at Cushman

  • Mobile homes are easy to upkeep since they don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, or nooks and crannies

  • Since the land is leased, buying a mobile home in a lake Cushman subdivision is less risky

  • There are many mobile home properties to choose from

  • Minimal upkeep is a bonus since most folks are retired or buying a mobile home as a vacation property

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